Your first response probably is, What is a Synaxarion?? In Greek, Synaxis means a meeting or a conference. A Synaxarion can be either a simple listing of people or a detailed Who’s Who with biographies and references.
In the Orthodox Church, among the Russian groups, the most commonly used Synaxarion is that of St. Dimitri of Rostov. It is gradually being translated into English.
Meg, over at Muttonings talked about her personal synaxarion in “Who’s in Your Corner”. So I thought I’d present, today a listing, with some references, of those saints close to me and my family. I’ll go into detail about each of them in the future.
My patron (or matron) saint is St. Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner and Baptist John. I developed a webpage about her HERE.
The Ol’ Curmudgeon’s patron saint is St. Theodore Tiron, sometimes called St. Theodore of Tyre. This soldier saint perfectly fits my dear husband.
Each of the children acquired their own patron (or matron) saint as they became Orthodox:
When they married, two of their spouses either were or became Orthodox, and had their own saints:
As grandchildren arrived, each received the blessing of their own saint:
St. Patriarch Noah – I’m still looking for a good website – may have to make my own!
St. Thomas the Apostle
The last two grandchildren are Roman Catholic and are under the protection of:
There – there’s the listing – the Who’s Who of our personal saints. There are a number of other saints whom I love, and whom I will list later.